Definition for CIV'IL-LY

CIV'IL-LY, adv.

  1. In a manner relating to government, or to the rights or character of a member of the community. – Hooker.
  2. In a manner relating to private rights; opposed to criminally; as, a process civilly commenced for the private satisfaction of a party injured. – Ayliffe.
  3. Not naturally, but in law; as, a man civilly dead.
  4. Politely; complaisantly; gently; with due decorum; courteously; as, we were civilly treated. – Dryden. Prior.
  5. Without gaudy colors, or finery; as, chambers furnished civilly. [Obs.] – Bacon.

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